Longtime 9:30 Club manager Josh Burdette, 36, was found dead in his home in Kensington, Md. early Sunday evening, according to reports from the police department in Montgomery County.
According to news reports, Burdette’s death is being investigated as a suicide.
9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz Monday released a statement praising Burdette, popularly known as “That Guy at the 9:30 Club”:
“Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet. When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-centered folks you could hope to have in your life.
And then there was the fantastic joke that people that didn’t know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that.
We were all so proud to have him as our ambassador to the world. He was as 9:30 as 9:30 gets.
I’m pretty good at moving on but this one’s gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry.”
At the 9:30 Club Monday night, it was business as usual with a performance by Australian new wave band Empire of the Sun. Lead singer Luke Steele dedicated the show to Burdette. He said although the band did not know him personally, they understood him to be a “golden man” with “a heart as big as heaven.”
Visitors left an impromptu memorial to Burdette in the lobby of the 9:30 Club, where some placed flowers and notes.